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1920 Herbert Samuel Appointed as High Commissioner

Sir Herbert SamuelDespite Herbert Samuel’s liberal reputation, most Arabs viewed his appointment as High Commissioner in 1920 with dismay, seeing the placement of a Jew as British acquiescence to the Zionist cause, with little regard for Arab concerns or demands.  In the Arabic paper Al-Kuds opinion was expressed as such:

“The appointment of Herbert Samuel will not break the national spirit in the heart of the Arab people.  We regard the rejection of our demands on the part of the Powers as an affront to our rights.  Our demand has been for self-rule, for unity of territory, for a rejection of Zionist immigration—from these demands we shall not move. And we shall not permit our homeland to become a national home for the Jews.”

Source: 2, p. 260

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